ERIC Number: ED228560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Satisfactions of Parenting.
Mullis, Ann K.; Mullis, Ronald L.
The transition to parenthood has been described as both stressful and rewarding. To further clarify attitudes toward parenthood and suggest strategies for enhancing the satisfaction and reducing stress, 819 families responded to a 14-item questionnaire about parents' attitudes. Percent of agreement or disagreement was calculated for each item for all subjects and across the variables of number of children, years married, age of mother, and marital status. A majority of the respondents, 72%, indicated positive attitudes toward child rearing and parenthood. Those expressing more negative attitudes were younger parents and single parents. No differences were revealed for any items across the variables of rural/urban residence, education of mother or father, or age of child. The findings suggest that parents who have particular problems adjusting to their role need to be identified and provided with informal support systems of older parents. Child care classes for students can provide both concrete and theoretical parenting situations to help students confront real life issues. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Washington, DC, October 13-16, 1982).